Museum and shop will be open for viewing from 6pm, the talk by the curator Geoffrey Beare will begin at 7pm and the museum will be open after the talk until approx 8:30pm.
The talk will set Heath Robinson’s advertising work in the context of his career as an illustrator and humorous artist, showing how it eventually delivered a major part of his income over a 30-year period. It will draw on contemporary critical commentary to show how his unique abilities both as an artist and a humorist made him stand out from his peers to become the most sought after advertising artist of his day. Surviving letters in the Heath Robinson Trust collection provide detailed information on his working methods and his often difficult relationships with the companies for which he worked. The talk will be illustrated with a wide range of his work in the field.